The Skidmore in Paris: Liberal Arts, Language & Business program is designed for students at all levels of French language skills (beginner to advanced) to study in Paris, taking courses taught in French or English. The program is available in the fall semester, spring semester, or for the full-year, and strives to integrate them as fully as possible into the academic, cultural, and social life of Paris.
Paris, the “City of Lights,” is home to a multitude of cultural riches and contemporary treasures. The Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, and the Eiffel Tower represent the traditional architectural beauty of this capital city. But it would be a mistake to believe they embody all that Paris has to offer; Paris’ heart lies in the vibrant student life of the Latin Quarter, the bustling booksellers and local artists along the banks of the Seine, and the intimate cafés haunted by the ghosts of Hemingway and Picasso. Add to this the academic excellence of the Sorbonne and other Paris universities, and you will discover why Paris is the perfect place for our students to experience modern French life.
Skidmore in Paris is run in partnership with IES Abroad, a global, non-profit, study abroad organization with more than 130 academic programs in 35 locations. In Paris, students will have access to two IES centers, the French Studies Center or the Business and International Affairs Center, each staffed with a center Director and additional support staff.
Unique Characteristics of Skidmore in Paris
- Study options available at all French language levels – beginning to advanced
- Classes taught in English and French
- Wide range of class subjects available in the arts, business, humanities and social sciences
- Classes offered at the two IES program centers and partner institutions throughout Paris including the Université Paris Sorbonne, Institut Catholique de Paris, American Business School and Studio Vermés.
- Internship opportunities for students with a higher level of French language
- Housing with French families
- Superior on-site support
- Skidmore stipend for transportation and additional meals.
The housing option for the Skidmore in Paris program is a home-stay with a French family. Living with a French family allows students to fully participate in French culture on a daily basis. Each applicant completes an extensive Housing Questionnaire, which our staff in Paris use to match students and families to the best of our ability. The student's preferences concerning personal comforts, eating habits, health requirements (smoking, allergies, etc.), and family composition are all taken into consideration during family selection. Students with no prior French language will be placed with bilingual families but are still expected to use French as much as possible. Each student has single room with a Parisian family (single woman, mother with children, a couple, or a couple with children at home).